The Labor Movement in America

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T. Y. Crowell, 1886 - Labor - 373 pages
 

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Page 370 - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED. When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to
Page viii - Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered ; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Page viii - even James follows his awful condemnation of the oppressor with these wise words, "Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts ; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Page 370 - to assume, among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinion of mankind requires that they should declare
Page 70 - the credit system, the mortgage system, the fashion system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bankruptcy. " We propose meeting together, talking together, working together, buying together, selling together, and in general acting together for our mutual protection and advancement, as occasion may require. We shall avoid litigation as much as possible by arbitration in the Grange. . . .
Page 252 - establish a new government ; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
Page 369 - of working people, and an efficient employer's liability law. 15. Legal incorporation of trades-unions. 16. Reduction of the hours of labor in proportion to the progress of production ; establishment by Act of Congress of a legal work-day of not more than eight hours for all industrial workers, and corresponding provisions for all
Page 370 - laborers. b. POLITICAL DEMANDS. 1. Abolition of the Presidency, Vice-Presidency, and Senate of the United States. An Executive Board to be established, whose members are to be elected, and may at any time be recalled by the House of Representatives as the only legislative body. The States and Municipalities to adopt corresponding amendments of
Page 309 - liability act, which shall give employees the same right to damages for personal injuries that all other persons have. " 14. We recommend all trades and labor organizations to secure proper representation in all law-making bodies, by means of the ballot, and to use all honorable measures by which this result can be accomplished.
Page 91 - the cry 'get on' to be anything but a devil's cry. The moral of my book [Alton Locke] is that the workingman who tries to get on, to desert his class and rise above it, enters into a lie, and leaves God's path for his own — with consequences.

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